Peace with God or Peace with the Devil
Day 35 - May 1 / Elder Stu Lindner
Last, but not least, the Devil is our enemy who is a supernatural intelligence striving to destroy our joy and peace. Even though Satan cannot steal our salvation, he will use the millions of deamons at his disposal to get us to either question the assurance of our salvation or to negatively impact our Christian walk to the degree that we are not a credible witness for Christ. Satan is often referred to as tempter, prosecutor or accuser. The Bible gives many examples of Satan’s techniques, so that we will not be unaware of his schemes.
One typical method he uses is to dredge up our past sinful behavior and try to make us question whether or not we are really a Christian at all. He often uses our perceived lack of spiritual growth as a way to question the validity of our faith. We must continually remind ourselves that greater is He that is within you then he who is in the world. (1John 4:4)
My purpose for this devotional is to ensure that one has the right expectation when they come to a saving knowledge of Christ. When we are saved by grace through faith that is not the end to our struggles, rather, that is the beginning of our spiritual warfare. Before conversion we were not a threat to Satan and his kingdom, but now we have stepped onto the battlefield. So be prepared for what the World, Flesh and the Devil will do, as they work together to hinder your Christian walk, and try to get you to focus more on your sins than on your Savior and the Gospel.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking of the Devil as the beast in the red suit with horns. That character of Satan was created in the Middle Ages to play on Satan’s perceived weakness of being too prideful. Neither think of him as being omnipresent or omniscient and waiting for you around every corner. He is a worthy adversary, but he is under God’s control. Just as you saw in the story of Job.
- Read Daniel 10:10-14
- Review the armor mentioned in Eph. 6
- Give thanks for God’s ever present protection
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Why are you so angry at someone else for enlightening others? Are you afraid to try to understand the points being made? As someone currently engaged in spiritual warfare, I enjoyed this article very much!
Thank you, Scott for trying to bring clarity to others like me seeking the the lord!